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Ironman Champion Launches Youthtown Fitness Trail

Champion New Zealand Ironman triathlete Cameron Brown launched a Youthtown fitness trail at Glenfield Intermediate last month, as part of a national initiative to encourage Kiwi kids to engage in physical activity.

Funded by the Youthtown Property Trust, the fitness trail has been specifically designed to suit the fitness requirements of Kiwi primary and intermediate school children in conjunction with fitness guru and personal trainer, Graeme Ahern.

The trail comprises eight stationary workout stations including: a tyre run, chin up bars, push up bars, balance beam, step up, hanging bars, jump beam and parallel bars.

Ten-time New Zealand Ironman winner Cameron Brown was delighted to get behind Youthtown for the fitness trail launch, challenging the students of Glenfield Intermediate to a time-trial race through the new equipment.

“It’s fantastic to finally have this innovative equipment available in our communities, to help Kiwi kids engage in physical activity in fun and exciting new ways,” says Brown.

Glenfield Intermediate School Principal, Raewyn Matthys-Morris, adds: “The Youthtown Fitness Trail is a welcome asset to our school and the wider Glenfield community. This will greatly support us in achieving our objective to encourage our students to become more active.”

Youthtown already has three trails in place and plans to roll out an additional six fitness trails at schools in Auckland, Taupo, Upper Hutt, Greymouth, Oamaru and Christchurch over the coming months.   

Mid-Winter Music at The Wilson Home Trust

Mark the evening of June 23rd in your calendar to celebrate the mid-winter solstice, with music and entertainment at a candle-lit concert, to be held at The Wilson Home Trust in Belmont.

A wonderful variety of music has been organised for the evening, to include an acoustic guitar duo featuring Andrew McLellan ( of Coconut Rough fame), talented harpist/singer Robyn Allen-Goudge, Lips NZ singing group, barbershop quartets, The Rose Centre singers and a little bit of jazz.

The concert will be held in the award-winning St. Leonards Chapel, set in the beautiful grounds of The Wilson Home Trust , situated just off Lake Road between Takapuna and Devonport. With it’s wonderful acoustic properties, it’s the perfect venue for a musical evening.

Tickets for the event are just $15.00 and available through Diane Eaglesome at The Wilson Home Trust, call (09) 485 3464 or email Mulled wine and light refreshments will be available at the interval for a donation. All profits raised will go to The Trust to benefit children with disabilities and their families and your support is very much appreciated.

Preorder your “Scent to Remember”

Purchase this lovely “Scent to Remember” rose, which has been cultivated specifically for Hospice and help raise funds to support the terminally ill and their families on the North Shore.  A great way to remember and honour a loved one.

  • A beautiful bush rose
  • Fragrant peach coloured  blooms
  • Prolific flowers November to June
  • A stunning picking rose that will create a magnificent display $30 each

“My parents loved their garden and a Hospice Rose was a perfect way to honour their memory in my garden” says Mandy

To guarantee your rose, pre-order now by contacting Lynn on 09 486 1688.
Roses will be also available from Link Drive Hospice Shop from July
7 Link Drive, Wairau Park. Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 2pm  

Youthfund – Who Are They And What Do They Do?

In 2007 a small board of teenagers from 14-24 decided to set up a community organisation, an organisation that would assist young people in reaching their dreams of giving back to their community.

Youthfund is a very unique organisation because, while it was set up by Youth with the assistance of YouthworX, it is run by Youth too! A board of 9 people meet nearly every Monday night to discuss which events they wish to sponsor.

Events that will give back to the community, and provide multiple opportunities for young people to develop.
They proceeded to set up a board whose goals were to:

  • Provide financial assistance, network contacts and support for youth initiated events and projects.
  • Allow young people to be on the board and become a part of the decision making process, thereby enhancing their leadership potential.
  • Creating positive experiences for many youth participants at the events we support. They have a much boarder impact in the youth community than just the people who receive funding.

In the past 4 years, Youthfund has flourished and has sponsored many programs such as:

  • Small Day Out with over 1000+ participants
  • The annual Great Barrier Escape which involves 170 young people
  • Depot Art Exhibition that lasted at least a week, and had foot traffic of 100’s daily
  • Pupuke Rotaract’s Lipsync, a fundraising event with over 450 people involved and $7000 raised for Surf Lifesaving Mairangi Bay
  • Raise Up N Represent’s Paradox with 100’s attending
  • A Lakeside Affair, an artistic festival attracting over 1000 people in Albany 2010

Most recently the board has welcomed Jonathan Gee on as chairperson. “I’m excited and honoured to have gained the support of my fellow board members to lead Youthfund during this crucial time.  As Youthfund starts seeking sponsorship to continue developing community-active young people on the Shore, I hope to give it the enthusiasm, direction and dedication in accomplishing this.  I’ll admit that leading an organisation with such an enthusiastic and unique outlook of youth empowerment is no easy task. That is why I want to be an inclusive Chair, where youth empowerment - that is, young people actively leading positive changes in their communities, is our main focus. Youth empowerment is our goal, and I hope that under my leadership young people from all sides - be it those we fund, those who attend our funded events, and even our Board members - will be able to develop a sense of community and involvement. That is what Youthfund is aspiring to achieve.”

The board currently has seven members aged from 15 to 21, from a wide area all on the North Shore.

Are you between 14 and 24 or know someone who is, and could make a great addition to the Youthfund Board? If so then apply today! Just go to

Room to Read

Two North Shore residents are combining their love for reading and education with a passion for helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Mieke, a Clinical Psychologist, and Kirsty, currently completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, are putting their considerable skills and talents to good use by heading the Auckland chapter of Room to Read, a global initiative to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world through a focus on literacy and gender equality in education.

The charity serves 5.1 million children globally and is responsible for building 1,442 schools and 11,246 libraries, and has donated 9.4 million books, published 553 indigenous language books, and provided 10,590 long-term girls scholarships. This has all been achieved thanks to the dedication and generosity of those who donate. Room to Read aims to reach 10 million children by 2015.

Room to Read sees education as a sustainable way out of poverty, as such it firmly endorses the idea that “World Change Starts with Educated Children” and works hard to collaborate with local communities (requiring them to co-invest in order to receive support), partner organisations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children to ensure they have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education.

Mieke and Kirsty say that having the opportunity to lead the development of such an inspirational organisation in New Zealand’s biggest city is incredibly exciting and a real honour.

“Room to Read’s focus on poverty reduction through education really fits well with me; and being able to offer those much less fortunate some of the opportunity that I have had through education is amazing,” says Kirsty, who spent her early years growing up in South Africa and then the last 17 years on the North Shore. Helping lead the set up of Room to Read in Auckland has given her an opportunity to help those in Africa where she grew up.

In June there will be two information evenings for those interested to find out more about Room to Read, and meet like minded people.

Massey University in Albany will be hosting the North Shore event on 15th June starting at 6pm. You are welcome to attend and can contact for more information.

by Channel Editorial